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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 10-03-2019

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BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY The 4TH ANNUAL FRANKLIN FARM HARVEST FESTIVAL AND TRACTOR SHOW featured a giant pumpkin that kids could climb on and use for a photo prop. Pictured are, from left, Sofia Fraioli, 7, her sister Ella, 9, Alexa DiTomasso, 9, Maeve Cunningham, 10, Chase Austin, 11 and Tyler DiTomasso, 11, all of Cumberland. The festival was held at the historic Metcalf Franklin Farm in Cumberland, Saturday. See more photos on page 29. Play facility part of plan for Diamond Hill Park CUMBERLAND – With some definition and careful planning, Diamond Hill Park will reach its maximum poten- tial, says Mayor Jeff Mutter, who is set to present the latest ideas for revamping the park at a meet- ing tonight, Oct. 3. Central to the plan is connecting a future rebuilt ski lodge, currently floating in a sea of asphalt, to the rest of the park. The plan to do that, according to experts hired by the town, is to cre- ate a family play field with various amenities around it behind the ski lodge. Any lost parking could be found elsewhere near a reconfig- ured entrance to the park. Donald Leighton, senior vice president of the Lincoln-based BETA Group Inc., said there are many ideas for the family play field area, which would be added to what is currently an underutilized area. The future rebuilt "ski lodge and community center" would likely be realigned as part of recon- By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See PARK, Page 8 CUMBERLAND – On each of the large front red doors of the old St. Patrick Church at 301 Broad St., arrows point to the sides of the build- ing directing those who might tour the grand building to use the side doors. "Danger of falling masonry," read the signs. The Rev. Jacques Plante, admin- istrator of the merged St. Aidan-St. Patrick Parish in Cumberland, said this week that the danger is due to grout coming loose from between the masonry stones. An estimate for repairing just the exterior of the building has come in at $1.5 million, he told The Valley Breeze. The process of finding a second life for the old St. Patrick Church and its rectory has officially begun, says Plante, though it's still too early to say what will happen to the old building. Church leaders are now looking at all options for the prop- erty, he said, with a member of its finance council visiting Cumberland Town Hall this month to learn more about zoning on the property. "We're considering all the possibili- Sale of St. Patrick's on the way; saving building unlikely By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See ST. PATRICK'S, Page 10 LINCOLN – A property at the corner of Sprague Avenue and River Road, which has had a tumultuous recent history, is now the target of complaints from a local resident who isn't happy that his children are no longer being allowed to walk along what he says Sprague Avenue resident halts use of path By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See SPRAGUE, Page 16 MUTTER ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE OCTOBER 3-9, 2019 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. 1985 Mendon Rd. Cumberland, RI Call Dave Serpa (401) 639-2351 Cell RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE NEW CONSTRUCTION 13 Tuscan Court, Cumberland: Welcome to Cumberland's newest executive enclave, "The Vineyards." Luxury abounds in this spacious new construction Colonial. Breathtaking finishes. Amazing open floor plan featuring a gourmet kitchen and great room with gas fireplace. Formal dining. The second floor includes a master suite, 3 more generous bedrooms, a true laundry room and an additional full bath. 3 car garage. Call for your private showing. $659,900

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